Fate can throw us back – or make us stronger. Psychologist Donya Gilan from the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research explains how we manage to overcome crises in life and why we often emerge from them stronger.

First the pandemic, then the Ukraine war – the world seems to be falling apart for many people. It’s scary and stressful. There is often talk of “resilience”, which we can really use now. What is it? In short, resilience is the ability to maintain mental health during or after stressful life events.